ANCHORAGE (AP) - Police officers in four Alaska cities have
joined a Florida-based group that helps find missing
Officers from police departments in Anchorage, Kenai, Unalaska
and Wasilla announced Tuesday they've joined with A Child is
Missing, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based nonprofit that helps law
enforcement alert neighbors when a child is missing.
The program began in Florida five years ago. Alaska is the
sixth state to have police departments sign up.
A Child is Missing is on 24-hour standby for police to call and
request an alert. Founder Sherry Friedlander said alerts must go
out within two hours to be effective.
The organization maintains a database of phone numbers in the
areas it works with. It can record an alert and have a computer
call 1,000 neighbors every five minutes. The message includes the
child's description and last known location and urges the call
recipient to look around their area.
The system also can be used when an elderly or mentally ill
person is missing.